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It’s Not Only Religious !! 

About the Tour :

An opportunity to explore more on less. Travel solo! Or with friends whole point of this tour is that you don’t have to do much planning all the essentials have already been taken care for you. Travelling with like minded people in Backpacking Style. It is the most fun , safe and budget friendly way to travel. So are you ready to Escape, Explore, Discover! Life?

Backpackers Brace yourself. You’re about to enter one of the most divine blindingly colorful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth. Varanasi Also known as Banaras or Kashi, A city, as old as history itself considered as one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The dimly lit Ghats and Artis on them, the serene flow of the river Ganga & peaceful boat ride on them , the calls of ‘har-har Mahadev‘ in the city lanes & mouthwatering street food on them , From burning Ghats to Medieval temples, Museums to Universities , Hinduism to Buddhism, The Hippes to Aghori Saddhus everything makes Varanasi, the most vibrant and timeless city of India. Varanasi is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It takes either thirst for travel adventure or passion for the divine to dive headlong into this city. the experience is in watching the spectacle of life and death on the river and meandering through the alleys of the old city offering photographer & travellers a unique perspective to the soul of India.

 

Outing Date : 11th-14th December 2016

Category : Backpacking India
Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Highlights of the Backpacking Tour : 
Explore Varanasi | Temple Hopping | Ghat Hopping | Enlightenment at Sarnath

 

Itinerary :

Day 01 – 11th December 2016 : Welcome To Varanasi 
Reaching Varanasi railway station we head out straight to old city through the hustling lanes in a tuk-tuk . A stay at super hip centrally located backpackers friendly hostel is arranged for us.(Don’t you just love bunkbeds!) Rest for while and we are ready to get celebrate Ganga as we walk along banks of holy River. A continuous stretch of 87 ghats are waiting for you However around 25 are iconic and worth some time we will cover few of them today. we will begin our Ghat hoping from Dasawamedh Ghat it is the heart of the action and the top attraction in Varanasi. One of the oldest and holiest Varanasi ghats, A touristy thing to do is take a boat ride along the river highly recommend to A walk along the ghats is more fascinating experience as you pass through chilling Harishchandra Ghat (Burning or cremation Ghat) , Darbhanga Ghat is a favorite! As It’s one of the most visually appealing, and architecturally impressive eventually eventually Assi Ghat where the Ganges River meets the river Assi Ghat at the extreme southern end of the main ghats, hence it’s not as crowded , scenic and peaceful. By evening We return back in Dasaswamedh Ghat either by boat or walk to attend the renowned The Maha Ganga Aarti (7pm) from the Steps or in the Boats. Over night at Hostel.

Day 2 – 12th December 2016 : Explore Varanasi
Today early Morning 5.30-6.00 Get your cameras, taste buds and walking shoes ready…No siesta as you head right out ! Sunrise through Cold foggy morning are waiting for you. (Early morning boat ride highly recommend) Post breakfast We conquer north stretch of main Ghats starting with Man Mandir Ghat which is worth checking out for its exquisite Rajput architecture. Built in 1600., the observatory The astronomical instruments are still in good condition and it’s possible to take a look at them. (Head up to the spacious terrace for fabulous views of both banks ) Next Manikarnika Ghat, the main and bigger burning ghat compared to Harishchandra Ghat. Just beyond it Panchganga Ghat, as its name indicates, is where five rivers are supposed to meet. Dominating the ghat is Aurangzeb’s smaller mosque, also known as the Alamgir Mosque. Gai Ghat has a figure of a cow made of stone.. Nepali Hindu Temple, (near Lalita Ghat). A small golden temple, built in Nepali architecture Afternoon we explore food in back alleys of ghats where you get everything and we mean everything from chat bhandar to lassi, Italian pizza to Mediterranean cuisine ! Head back to hostel and relax.

Day 3 – 13th December 2016 : Temple Hopping
Being the most venerated pilgrim place in Hindu religion, Varanasi is said to be a museum of temples. Also called the city of temples, Varanasi is home to about 2,000 temples. People from all parts of India as well as the world come to Varanasi to visit these temples, making the holy temples of Varanasi amongst the most visited temples in India. Most of the temples that are located on the Ganga Ghats are old and date back to the medieval period.

Temple Hopping 
1. Mrityunjay Mahadeva Temple
2. Kalbhairav temple
3. Sri Kashi Vishawanath Temple 
4. Sri Gauri Kedareshwar Temple 
5. Sri Durga Devi Temple 
6. Sankat Mochan – Lord Hanuman 
7. Tulsi Manas – Lord Ram
8. Birla Vishwanath Mandir – Lord Shiva 
9. Aghori Temple Sinking Shiva temple near the Scindia Ghat Aghoracharya Baba! Afternoon at (BHU) Banaras Hindu University

Day 4 – 14th December 2016 : Enlightenment at Sarnath

Morning we leave for Sarnath, located just 12 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Sarnath is calm and serene away from the madding crowd, give a quiet visit to Sarnath and you will feel in a completely whole new world! Chaukhandi Stupa is said to be built originally as a terraced temple in 4 th to 6 th century during the Gupta period. Dhameka or Dhamekha Stupa, Lord Buddha delivered the first discourse of his Dhamma and the famous eight-fold path here. Another significant structure at Sarnath is the remains of the Dharmarajika Stupa, just a short distance from the Dhamekh Stupa. According to archaeologists Dharmarajika Stupa contained the bones of the Buddha. Constructed during Ashoka’s reign. As you walk away from the archaeological ruins, you can see the Sarnath Archaeological Museum . The ASI museum houses a number of artifacts related to Buddhist art as well as many images and sculptures of Hindu Gods recovered during excavations in the region. The Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple, built by the Sri Lankan Mahabodhi Society, is one of the many Buddhist temples in Sarnath and probably the most famous. A few meters away from the Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple is the holy Bodhivriksha(the Bodhi Tree). The Bodhi tree the most sacred tree for Buddhists as Lord Buddha attained enlightenment sitting under this tree only. The Bodhi Tree of Sarnath was planted from a branch taken from the Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka. Evening back to Hostel.

Day 5 – 15th December 2016 : Back to the Mumbai
Catch train from Varanasi Junction

Tour concludes with Happy memories. :D

Important Note : This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip . Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover and socialize yourself with like minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if he’d stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right? Occasionally backpacking trips might !

Backpacking India 

This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip. Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover yourself and socialize yourself with like minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if he’d stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right? Occasionally backpacking trips might be bit low on leisure but always high on experiences as you enjoy local street food, interact with locals , or sharing a dorm,hostel or home-stay with other fellow travelers at some breathtaking locations across India .

“Life is all about courage and going in to unknowns”

 

Tour Cost : Rs.8,500/- per person
Note * 
The above tour cost is applicable including GST by 4.50%. The tour cost might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in tax structure by Government. 

Inclusions:

  1. Daily Breakfast.
  2. Local Street food at evening (Lassi , Sweet , Bhang :P , Chat )
  3. 4 Nights accommodation in Hostels
  4. All Intercity and Intra city transfers & Long distance sightseeing (Varanasi ) By vehicle and fun ride at Cycle Riksha .
  5. An experienced backpacking expert & a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel .

Exclusions:

  1. Lunch and dinner as we want you to try out local Cuisines & not restrict to particular restaurant, we have left that option to you. (Off course we have tons of secret food joint list would be happy to share with you.)
  2. Entry tickets & Guide fees (Some like museum some don’t so why pay us if you don’t).
  3. Train tickets (Mumbai – Varanasi – Mumbai) .
  4. Anything other than mentioned above.

 

*Free consultation and assistance from packing your backpack to choosing lens for your Camera (pre or post trip extended days)

 

For booking you need to deposit the advance amount of Rs.6,000/- per person in the following account:
Balance payment to be cleared  21 days prior to the tour.
NAME : GO TRAVELLISM PVT.LTD.
BANK : ICICI BANK
ACCOUNT : CURRENT AC
AC NO. 623805030086
BRANCH : MULUND (W)
IFSC CODE : ICIC0006238

 

Cancellation and Refund applicable on whole tour cost:
1. If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
2. If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded
3. After that no refund will be provided.

 

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